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Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad QUOTATION: The horror! The horror!
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British novelist. Kurtz, in The Heart of Darkness, ch. 3 (1902).

QUOTATION: The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Heart of Darkness, ch. 1 (1902).

QUOTATION: Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself—that comes too late—a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British writer. Heart of Darkness, ch. 3, p. 65, Dover Publications (1990).

QUOTATION: I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable greyness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great desire of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British writer. Marlow, in Heart of Darkness, ch. 3, p. 65, Dover Publications (1990).

QUOTATION: I found myself back in the sepulchral city resenting the sight of people hurrying through the streets to filch a little money from each other, to devour their infamous cookery, to gulp their unwholesome beer, to dream their insignificant and silly dreams. Their bearing, which was simply the bearing of commonplace individuals going about their business in the assurance of perfect safety, was offensive to me like the outrageous flauntings of folly in the face of a danger it is unable to comprehend.
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British writer. Marlow, in Heart of Darkness, ch. 3, p. 66, Dover Publications (1990).


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